A new guide from Christchurch’s Bishop of Christchurch says you should always wear Christian clothes at your wedding, whether you’re wearing wedding dresses, wedding boots, bridal party or casual attire.
Christchurch Bishop of Jesus Christchurch Peter MacNaughton said in a statement the guide was a way of celebrating a faith that has been at the centre of Christian life for many centuries.
“It was designed to help us reflect on the importance of wearing a Christian dress code, so that we can all feel confident about our faith and our wedding attire.”
The guide, entitled A Guide to Christian Wedding Dress Requirements, has been designed by the New Zealand Catholic Association and includes a guide on how to wear a Christian wedding dress.
The guide includes advice on how you should choose the right dress for your wedding day, what styles and colours are appropriate for your occasion and how you can choose your wedding guest.
“I think what it’s really trying to do is help people be more mindful of what’s appropriate and what’s not, and make sure that they feel like they’re wearing something that’s Christian,” said Ms MacNaughton.
It also contains a list of suggestions for wedding guests, and tips on wearing Christian clothing for people of all ages.
Ms MacNighton said it was important to remember that the guide is not intended to be a substitute for formal religious ceremonies.
“We have a responsibility as Christians to respect the religious freedom of others and to celebrate their faith in the way that it is.”
“That means we can wear whatever we want, wear what we want and that we don’t have to go to the chapel and put on a crucifix.”
The Bishop of Wellington said he had been invited to participate in the guide’s design process and wanted to encourage the next generation of wedding dress makers.
He said there was a lot of interest in the subject, but he would not be able to do it himself.
“I don’t think we have the time and I don’t want to spend time doing that,” he said.
“There are so many people out there who love to make beautiful Christian wedding dresses and I think we need to help people do that.”
Mr MacNaghton said a lot more would be done to help the next generations of designers in New Zealand.
“If we have someone who has never done this before, they don’t know what to expect.”
They just have a vision and they’re not prepared for a process like this, they just want to have their vision fulfilled,” he added.
Mr McNaughtons guide is available on the Bishop of Canterbury website and on the NZCA’s website.